Coffee at Seven

Unlike the wasteland of over-sized drinks and decay-proof food in the USA, the 7-11's of Taiwan are a vibrant and vital node of connection and exchange. You would need to roll UPS, Kinko's, a train system that does not even exist in the USA, the corner cafe,...

Presence and Persistence

It does not come easy for most Americans. It does not come easy for those of us raised on a diet of “right now,” of hopes and promises of overnight riches, of guaranteed transformation in 10 days. With eyes focused on the instant, it feels like a water...

Taiwanese Rules of Traffic

It's crowded in Taiwan. Crowded in a way that most Americans would not want to think too long about. Crowded and with rules of human brownian motion seeped from a culture that avoids conflict and direct confrontation. So it can be confusing. Confusing when we try...

Breathing Taiwan

It's a complicated perfume of lurid tropical flowers and scooter exhaust, mixed with outdoor kitchens, acrid-sweet temple incense and wrapped all together into a humid embrace. The first thing I wanted to do after arriving in Tainan was to slip out into the night...

Chinese Medicine is Hard to Learn in China

In the rush and tumble obedience to laboratory science Chinese medicine in China has embraced the isolation of the petri dish, single molecular interactions and the reductionist lens of seeing the trees at the expense of the forest Students in many of the Chinese...

Jetlag

The synchronic adjustment between time zones is only one part of the shifting required when settling into a time zone that crosses oceans, languages and customs. Certainly, there is the internal clock of sleep and digestion that finds itself unhinged from the...